Marc Havener, Founder & Director
Marc worked in Hollywood for 10 years as an Assistant Director and Production Assistant on feature films (Pirates of the Caribbean, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Fun With Dick and Jane; see the full list) where he gained insight into creating stories for the big screen while developing connections necessary to make it happen. His filming adventures have taken him to global locations like Africa, Europe and Central America, while his short films have been official selections at 60+ festivals around the world, including Raindance, NewFilmmakers LA, and DC Shorts, winning multiple awards and a regional Emmy. His corporate films are breaking new ground by intertwining storytelling, cinema and messaging. Marc is a hop head (who prefers his beer to taste like freshly mowed grass), a tea snob, married to the best writer in Kansas, and currently working on his most challenging venture yet: making up stories his three kids like.
Bryan Belknap, Creative Director
Bryan is an award winning screenwriter raised in the Lone Star State before driving his Dodge Daytona to Los Angeles post-graduation. (He paid a lot for his 3.97 GPA from Baylor University that absolutely no one asks about.) His first big break came writing the infamous Fantasy Football Pillow Fight commercial for FOX Sports. Dozens of short films followed, culminating in developing film and television projects for companies like Sony, Lionsgate, FOX Television Studios and Radical Axis (where they now patiently await their turn in escaping development hell). He also placed top 5% in the Warner Brothers Television Workshop twice... garnering two less than impressive certificates. When not combing his majestic beard, Bryan is walking his wife and son through the Criterion Collection and praying the Dallas Mavericks somehow win another championship.
James Duke, Producer
James has almost 20 years experience in film/television/video production whose credits include writing, producing and directing over a hundred award-winning short films, documentaries, and theatrical productions. He has produced several feature films including “The Least of These” starring Isaiah Washington and Robert Loggia, and “Ragamuffin” about the life of Christian singer/songwriter Rich Mullins. Previously, he served as the president and CEO of Updog Studios, an independent production company based in Florida, that seeks to create provocative, thought-provoking entertainment and commercial cinema. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, and the Act One screenwriting program. (The photo on the right is not James)
Sara Miller, Project Director
Sara has 12 years experience driving successful communication programs at companies including Colgate-Palmolive, Citi, BearingPoint, Duke Energy and ADM. She loves working directly with clients to define and customize solutions while keeping the creative types in line. She joins Resonate having been an integral player in the critically acclaimed (and ground breaking) Aggrieva comedy series way back in the aughts. In her seemingly unlimited free time, Sara writes, travels, rescues animals, and spends time with her husband, toddler son and three dogs.
"No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight of the soul."
"If you want to send a message, try Western Union."
"I like dogs. I just don't want one right now."
“Film is the greatest educational medium the world has ever known.”
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Our films have taken top honors at these festivals that recognize corporate productions.